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False Assurance®

An exciting film drama created to facilitate thought-provoking discussions about how accountants, auditors and company directors should act when faced with difficult situations.



  • Generic themes and settings allow False Assurance to be used around the world.
  • Film workshops can be tailored to draw out issues and dilemmas accountants face in their day-to-day work.
  • False Assurance provides an innovative and thought provoking focus for board away-days.

What is False Assurance?

False Assurance is ICAEW’s first venture into the production of drama films. The quality of this film sets it apart from other corporate training films. It was directed by an award-winning director and written by ICAEW’s Duncan Wiggetts.

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False Assurance at a glance


False Assurance is a high quality, exciting training tool that can be used by:

Accountancy firms

  • as an internal training tool for partners and staff; or
  • to support business development initiatives with existing and target clients.

False Assurance (with incorporated commentary)

This new bespoke version of False Assurance enables small group of accountants or individuals to simulate the thought-provoking discussions generated at larger facilitated events.


  • In-house teams. False Assurance can be used in workshops and training days to provoke discussions on how to deal with difficult decisions and topical issues. Workshops can be built to suit your teams or we can provide a suite of learning materials with the film for you to run your own sessions.
  • Non-executive directors and senior management teams. False Assurance can be used as part of discussions within board meetings or as part of away days.
  • We have also devised highly interactive and impactful training simulations with expert facilitators.


  • to facilitate thought-provoking discussions about the issues and dilemmas students will face in the business environment; and 
  • to develop students’ employability skills and business knowledge.

Training materials 

A suite of training materials is available to support the facilitation of sessions and workshops:

  • Questions to prompt discussion after each part of the film.
  • Who’s who – this guide to the film’s characters is a useful reference for the audience.